Family Services Specialist III

Virginia Dept of Social Services - Local - Manassas Park, VA (30+ days ago)3.5


This position specializes in program areas and assumes more complex duties such as: interviewing/investigating in cases involving suspected child/adult abuse/neglect, out-of-home placements, guardianship, emergency protective orders, and adoptions; testifying in legal proceedings; and placing children in foster/adoptive homes. Employees have contact with others and influence outcomes by participating on task forces, strategic planning, mentoring, teaching, and conducting outreach.

Program areas generally include Adult/Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Adoptions. This position could also provide support to the Comprehensive Services Act program. Additionally, in some agencies, positions may be partly dedicated to Child Care and Employment Services as well as other program areas.

Monitors, coordinates, and administers specific assigned programs; coordinates services within specific area of responsibility; writes service plans to meet identified needs in areas such as: physical/mental health, housing, and presents cases to determine appropriate services; tracks expenditures, prepares/submits budget estimates, and ensures payment for services; interprets laws and policies/regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility;
completes necessary federal, state, and local planning and reporting requirements; manages program waiting lists;
provides case management services to monitor compliance;
trains foster parents; submits progress reports to the court;
refers families to treatment resources within the community;
transports children to placements, meetings, therapy sessions, doctor and dental appointments, and to visitation with families; attends court, testifies in court, and coordinates cases with attorneys; provides reports for court such as guardianship reports; provides parent education and support for families in target population; conducts intensive in-home counseling; prepares reports for referral sources regarding status of various interventions; conducts studies on companion and adult foster care providers and pre-admission screenings for nursing home/community-based care and assisted living; interviews and assesses clients and assigns to appropriate groups; informs clients of service programs, rules/regulations, and right to participate; conducts overall monitoring of programs in specific area of responsibility; serves as resource to clients and the community in area of expertise; provides after hours on-call coverage and responds to emergencies in child/adult protective services and/or foster care; performs investigative duties that include screen referrals for validity and complaints of child/adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation; interviews all parties involved; assesses immediate and long-term dangers/risks to children/adults; develops written services plan documenting goals, objectives, and details of the services provided for each case; provides program administration and caseload management services; conducts visits and maintains contact with other professionals; accompanies victims and their families to court appearances; serves as support for families; files petitions; testifies in criminal and civil cases; prepares court ordered home assessments and custody home studies; establishes and maintains case records; codes, enters,
and updates new and on-going cases in the state computer information system; and represents the agency at various functions such as making speeches at civic and business associations, providing training and workshops on child/adult abuse and neglect for public and private organizations.

In addition to managing individual caseload, FSS III performs as team lead through delegation of cases/assignments/duties to other service unit members; and provides weekly updates to Supervisor on unit members progress, completion of objectives, and case status.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field and at least two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia).

Considerable knowledge of social work principles and practices; human behavior and motivational theory; laws, policies, and regulations relating to human services program areas; investigating and interviewing techniques; legal procedures as related to program area; and social, economic, and health problems.

Skill in operating a personal computer, the associated software, and the operation of a motor vehicle.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview, assess needs, counsel, and refer clients to other resources as needed; investigate high risk cases; testify in court proceedings; develop and present training programs in addition to other presentations; interpret program laws, policies, and regulations; develop and implement service plans in order to insure the delivery of appropriate services to the client; analyze case information to make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; respond to the client’s emotions in order to accomplish services objectives; develop speeches and represent the agency at program training and workshops; work in stressful situations and maintain diplomacy; plan and manage own work activities including service delivery preparing reports, correspondence, and record keeping responsibilities and related activities; establish and maintain effective relationships with others; and stay abreast of current trends and developments in the social work field.

Considerable experience in CPS program area and completion of required training programs or an equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications
Prefer experience working with the Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are preferred.

Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.

Special Requirements
Applicants may be subject to a Criminal History Background search, Central Registry search, DMV/driving record check, and/or pre-employment drug screen.

The investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI), local agency checks, employment verification and references, verification of education (relevant to employment), credit checks (relevant to employment), and other checks requested by the hiring authority.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory results of the required checks and screenings.

Employee must be willing to work in the community emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

May be required to participate in after-hours/on-call schedule on a rotating basis.

Special Instructions to Applicants
APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY THROUGH THIS POSTING.

Applicants are encouraged to provide a complete listing of work experience and qualifications on the application.

Applications must include complete work history; including periods of unemployment if applicable.

Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and resumes will not be accepted.

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Consideration for an interview is based solely on the information within the application.

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